Saturday, August 21, 2004

Cold showers and restraint are good things

There is such a thing as too much public display of affection, even if it doesn't involve overt groping. Christina and I were on the subway yesterday with a young couple [early 20's, at the most] that were so enamoured with each other that it was a bit embarrassing to be in the same room with them. They were gazing soulfully into each others eyes, touching each other gently, breathing sweet nothings, alternated laying their heads on each others shoulder and just generally so into each other that nothing else existed for them. It was like something out of a comedy skit. What made it so uncomfortable was that I, at least, felt like I was intruding on something that should have been private so I was pretty happy when we were able to get off the subway.

The kicker, of course, came when we got back on the subway some 3+ hours later: they were [still ? again ?] on the subway, in the same car as us. And they were still going at it. And it was still embarrassing. Christina apparently caught a fragment of their conversation, in which the guy asked "Is there anything you don't like about me ? Anything at all ?" while, of course, gazing deeply into her eyes. One shudders to think about what they're like when they're actually in private, though I don't really see how it could really get any more intense.

In other news,
Christina has noticed 2 more differences between Seattle and Boston:
  1. She thinks that people here really, really like ice cream because we see lots of people eating it all the time. Personally, I think we may be getting a biased sample because we're very close to 2 ice cream stores, so we're somewhat more likely to see lots of people eating it. And I also think it's pretty understandable that people eat lots of ice cream, given the miserable heat humidity here.
  2. There is a Dunkin Donuts on every corner and there are people in them at all hours of the day eating donuts. I'm a pretty big fan of donuts but I have to agree with her that there's a time and place for them, and 1 o'clock in the afternoon or 7 pm in the evening isn't really the time for them.

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